Professor James Harris has taught philosophy at the University of St Andrews since 2004. He works primarily on British philosophy in the 17th and 18th Centuries. James has a special interest in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in David Hume in particular. His book, ‘Hume: An Intellectual Biography’, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. His current research focuses on the history of political thought in 18th-Centuary Britain and, more generally, on the nature and role of philosophising, and the philosopher, throughout history.